Brad Gasser

is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Southern California. I am working with Dr Michael Arbib on building computational models of primate brain systems involved in behavioral control and social learning. In particular, we are concerned with the functional brain changes in the hominid line that would lead to the ‘language-ready brain’ in homo sapiens. I received degrees in philosophy and psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where I worked with Dr Verner Bingman recording hippocampal neurons in pigeons. I was also an NSF-sponsored intern with Dr David Yager at the University of Maryland, College Park studying praying mantid escape behavior in flight.

Research Topics
  1. Computational Neuroscience
  2. Social Learning
  3. Primate Brain Evolution
  4. Cognitive Science
For more details, see Monkey Sequence Learning


  • Ph.D. Candidate Neuroscience, University of Southern California, USA, 2011
  • B.A. Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, Ohio 2009
  • B.S. Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Ohio 2009


  • email: brad.gasser@usc.edu
  • Office Location: HNB 10A
  • Lab Location: HNB 10A
  • Lab Phone: (213) 740-3515